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'Coats for Kids' helps bundle a single mother's three children

You still have a few more days to donate to WLFI's annual Coats for Kids drive. Lot's of people in our community need your help this year. Autumn Schap is one of them.

Posted: Oct 17, 2018 6:29 PM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Autumn Schap is a single mother of a young girl and two twin boys.

"Double the coats, double the trouble, double the everything," said Schap. 

It's tough to keep up!

"I usually have to buy them coats every year in the spring, fall and the winter," said Schap. 

She's thankful for programs like Coats for Kids. She can't believe the quality people are willing to give away.

"I mean like my daughter she got North Face from them, my boys one year they got North Face and Columbia," explained Schap. "If it wasn't for the people who went out and bought them, my kids probably would have went without."

Going without a coat in the winter would be dangerous. Chief Meteorologist Chad Evans said that's true even when you don't think it's that cold outside.

"We don't have to have a wind-chill advisory or temps below zero to be a danger," explained Evans. 

When it comes to dressing your kids, don't think light. This year's winter is expected to be colder than usual. 

"It's like Randy from Christmas Story that's how we bundle our kids," said Evans. 

That's why this campaign collects gloves, scarves and hats too. Coats aren't enough in the winter time.

"Because the things that are going to get frost-bitten first are the ears and the tips of the fingers," said Evans. 

Last year, Coats for Kids delivered 1,400 coats to children in need.

"I cannot thank you all enough and if the community can do more like that, hey, we could use it!" said Schap. 

If you'd like to help, you can drop off items at your local La Z Boy furniture, Defouw Automotive, Faith Ministries, Salvation Army or Pay Less Super Market.

Collection lasts until October 21st.

They'll be distributed at the Lafayette Adult Resource Academy next Saturday, October 27th, from nine to noon.

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